Wentworth Miller, star of "Prison Break" and known for many other roles, has come out of the closet. He was recently invited to the St Petersburg Film Festival, and turned it down because of Russia's anti gay laws. Here is the open letter he wrote:
Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes.
However, as a gay man, I must decline.
I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.
Perhaps, when and if circumstances improve, I’ll be free to make a different choice.
I can honestly say that I did not see this one coming at all - my "gaydar" is usually better